Posted on: May 13, 2008 6:45 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2008 6:55 pm

Blog Cabin: Is it OK to get beaten by a girl?

My wife, actually. She’s 5 feet tall, 110 pounds and cute as can be... but she might as well be Godzilla when it comes to fantasy baseball.

Who knew?

I sure didn’t, and if I had, I may not have invited her to participate in her first ever fantasy league.

Maybe these feelings come from some kind of caveman chauvinism genes attached to my Y chromosome, or maybe it’s something instilled in little boys on the playground. Whatever the reason may be, it’s simply unacceptable to be beaten by a girl... especially when it comes to sports.

Every time I look at the standings and see her “Tiny Bats of Fury” above my team’s name, I find myself filled with utter disbelief. How could this happen?

It’s not one of those ultra serious leagues, like the other one I’m in. This league is just friends and family. Three of the 10 players are women, and since there are only a couple hardcore sports fanatics in the bunch, I figured it would be a comfortable place for her to start. After all, she’s only been watching for the last six or seven years, whereas I’ve been playing and studying baseball for more than two decades.

Honestly, I figured she wouldn't have the stamina to stay active for an entire 162-game season. I didn’t think she would draft well, or beat me to every free agent gem on the market... Well, that’s not entirely true; I did manage to grab Edison Volquez before she got her talons in him.

The most I hoped for in this experiment was that she had a little fun, and learned a little more about the game I’ve loved since childhood. Plus, it would give us something fun and inexpensive to do during the week.

Turns out, she’s been paying a lot closer attention than I thought. Looking back, I should have seen the warning signs.

“Honey, can I have a Jason Varitek jersey for Christmas?”

“Why don’t we go to the stadium on Saturday or Sunday?”

“Yeah, I know we don’t get that game, but don’t worry, I ordered the baseball package earlier today.”

That’s right. She’s been planning my fantasy demise for the last half dozen years. She's a stone-cold hustler. I can see her now; sneaking out of bed at 4 a.m. to check out the West Coast box scores, plotting three-year ERA charts on her lunch break. Oh, she’s a crafty one!

I mean, that has to be the explanation, right? It couldn’t possibly be that she’s better than me at fantasy. No... no... that would be crazy.

I know! If I just drop all my extra batters and play five starting pitchers I can... wait. What if I get a bunch of speed guys and go for stolen... no, that wouldn't work.

Man, she must be loving every minute of this.

From the Blogosphere...

So far, the 2008 season has not exactly gone according to plan for the Atlanta Braves. VolPride tells us what's going wrong, what's going right and where the team can go from here.

Sunnysidez86 came in to brag about his purchase of Grand Theft Auto 4, and shockingly, he was able to pull himself away from the 360 long enough to give us a pretty solid review of the game.

Brewcrew333 has finally selected the field for his tournament to find the greatest song of all time. Now, it's time to cast your votes and see witch tunes advance in the bracket. Can Freebird knock off All Along the Watchtower? Will No. 1 seed Stairway to Heaven roll past No. 8 Back in Black? Cast your votes!
Posted on: May 12, 2008 7:08 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2008 7:30 pm

Blog Cabin: T.O. goes to Hollywood

In the news...

With the season only months away, NFL fans are sure to have one question on their minds: What is Terrell Owens up to?

This year, T.O. starts his media season with the news that he wants to become an actor. Wow, this guy is harder to pin down then a professional wrestler... and I don’t mean that in the physical sense.

First he was the bad teammate, then he was the hero, then he became the clown, then a suicide threat, then a good teammate and now he’s an actor. Actually, maybe he’s suffering from Herschel Walker-syndrome.

Whatever the case may be, T.O. does know how to get his name in the paper, and in the end, that’s probably what this is all about. I’m sure that he and his agent know that they had better start early if they’re going to compete for Dallas headline space with Jessica Simpson and Pacman Jones.

So, in his initial 2008 publicity stunt, Owens said he wants to be a Hollywood A-lister after his NFL career is over, and he thinks that getting a little screen time in Flavor Flav’s new show is a good start.

Seriously? That was the best you could do, T.O.?

I gave him more credit than that. He can’t possibly think that hanging out with Flav is his gateway to legitimate acting. Doesn’t he realize that he’s already 10 times more famous then Flavor Flav?

Not that it matters, though. Outside of a supporting role in an action flick, I think Under One Roof is about the best he can hope for in the world of acting.

Maybe he could do a reality show? T.O. is single, and he did say that he got along well with the giant-alarm-clock-wearing rapper. Maybe the Flavster can return as the host of another season of Flavor of Love... but this time they’re scouring the strip clubs for the future Mrs. Owens.

I smell a guest appearance by Pacman in next year’s Flavor of Love: 81 Flavors T.O. Love.

Ugh... this whole idea is making me increasingly nauseous the more I think about it.

How about this. What if Owens just focuses on catching footballs – something he’s had a little trouble with the last couple seasons. I mean, the last thing Terrell the football player needs is another distraction.

From the Blogosphere...

The NBA's regular season is only sightly more important that the NFL preseason. But, Baseball Jones does like to watch the playoffs... at least he did until the NBA got soft.

It's official; even the Red Sox faithful are starting to admit that Boston is becoming the Yankees of the 1990's. Check out Nuf Ced's blog for a scouting report on the next action, and a little insight about becoming the very thing he hates most.

Last time HALOS02 made this list he was bragging about how well his Angels were playing. This time, he's forced to ponder his team being swept by the Rays. Oh yeah, and the Lakers just lost twice in Utah. Tough week.
Posted on: May 9, 2008 6:35 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2008 7:58 pm

Blog Cabin: Conspiracy theories about Pat Tillman

In the news...

Anyone who listens to sports talk radio has heard a lot from Mary Tillman over the last couple of days. Mary is, of course, the mother of late Arizona Cardinals safety and U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman.

Her recent media tour has been an effort to publicize her new book; Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman. The book details Pat’s life, and Mary’s search for the truth about his friendly-fire death in Afghanistan in 2004.

In the book, and on the radio, Pat’s mom has been extremely critical of the military and the government. She’s even gone so far as to say that, at times, she thought Pat may have been intentionally murdered by the government. She’s also said that the soldiers who shot him were itching to fight, and reacted in some kind of blood-lust haze.

According to Mary, It’s a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of the government; including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and even President George W. Bush.

I certainly can’t blame her for being angry with the government and military. Almost as soon as Pat was killed, it was evident to everyone on the mission that Pat had been killed by friendly fire. However, when the story came out in the media, it was reported that Pat died a hero’s death, that he commanded his troops brilliantly and bravely, despite the mortal wound that he sustained early in the battle.

It wasn’t true.

And, it wasn’t until a month later that Pat’s family found out the truth... or what Mary Tillman suspects was some skewed version of it. She believes the actual facts were hidden when Pat died, due to the political ramifications it would have had at the time.

With Bush’s approval ratings in the toilet following the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, Mary says the administration could not afford to own up to a botched operation which resulted in the death of the country’s most well-known soldier.

It makes sense... and it doesn’t.

I’m sure there were mix-ups in the story’s early going. I wouldn’t be surprised if the soldiers in Pat’s unit decided to tell their superiors that Pat died a heroic death in the firefight that took place when their convoy was ambushed, rather then tell them he was accidentally shot following that battle. The ensuing autopsy and investigation would have forced them to admit to the friendly-fire incident shortly thereafter.

It’s just a guess, of course, but the conspiracy theory that Mary has come up with seems a little more far-fetched. These men are Army Rangers, after all. They’re some of the best trained military specialists in the world, and demonizing them as blood-thirsty war-mongers just seems wrong. And, you can say what you want about America’s politicians, but accusing them of assassinating the country’s most beloved warrior is crazy.

Perhaps pointing fingers is her way of dealing with the unfathomable pain that those events have caused. Maybe writing this book played a big part in her healing. Maybe her outrage is more a product of those emotions than of actual fact.

Whatever the case, all things can be forgiven in the face of such tragedy. America lost a great patriot and football player, but Mary lost a son. And there’s always a chance she’s right about this whole mess. She definitely knows a lot more about the situation than I do.

The only people who really know are the men in Pat’s unit, and the one soldier from that unit I have heard speak about Pat’s death described the typical “fog of war” situation, with soldiers trying to protect themselves and each other.

I guess I’ll be picking up that book, though, if for no other reason than because half the pages are devoted to Pat’s life before he enlisted in the Army after 9/11.

R.I.P. Pat Tillman. Never forget his sacrifice, or those of all the troops.
Posted on: May 8, 2008 6:00 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2008 6:08 pm

Blog Cabin: ChiSox dolls blown out of proportion

In the news...

Really? With all the problems in baseball, we’re going to waste time harassing the Chicago White Sox for a couple blow up dolls? I’m terrified to see what happens when Congress gets its hands on this one.

It’s not like this happened in the dugout, or even in the team's hotel. This happened in the clubhouse, which is essentially a men’s locker room. If you’re easily offended, a plastic woman would be the least of your worries in a place like that.

Besides, the clubhouse is the player’s domain. Any one else, including the media, is a guest on their turf. Outside of the team and staff, nobody has a right to complain about anything they see there.

It would be like someone coming in to my home and telling me to throw away my copy of Showgirls... assuming, of course, that I had bad enough taste to actually own that movie... which I don’t.

I mean, these guys already have to walk around naked in from of gangs of reporters and TV cameras. How would you feel if you came out of the shower and were immediately enveloped in a sea of lights, cameras, microphones and people shouting questions?

That’s what these guys deal with on a daily basis, I’ve seen it. Now we’re going to tell them that they can’t have a little fun before the game? Setting up a couple blow up dolls is a huge problem? Get over it.

  Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather players focused their attention on mental preparation or reading scouting reports, but there is something to be said for keeping a “light” atmosphere in the clubhouse.

So far, nobody has owned up to orchestrating the doll joke, but many of the Chicago players have been forced in to some kind of halfhearted apology. Some people are even suggesting that Ozzie Guillen needs more sensitivity training because he allowed the “offensive” behavior.

While Ozzie has plenty of flaws, getting on him for this is ridiculous.

Actually, I’m not even sure who these accusers are trying to protect. Nobody filed a complaint, did they? Everyone in that locker room should be an adult male over the age of 18.

Doesn’t anyone have a sense of humor any more?

From the Blogoshpere...

TDbeagle is a big fan of Byron Scott. In his latest blog, this member goes year-by-year through the coach's career, telling us why his record remains under .500.

Horse racing and dog fighting... they may be more similar than you would think. Check out tummydoc2000's blog about the dark side of horse racing.

A list of man rules? CMC18v is a genius! I particularly like No. 1.

Posted on: May 7, 2008 6:58 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2008 7:15 pm

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

In the news...

Collusion against Barry Bonds?

It’s starting to look that way. But really, who can blame teams for not wanting to sign the most despicable baseball player this side of Roger Clemens?

I can definitely understand why many clubs might choose to pass on a 43-year-old former steroid user with looming legal issues. Plus, Bonds isn’t exactly known as a team player, and the media circus his presence causes is sure to have some negative impact.

Still, I’m shocked that some desperate team hasn’t made a run at the *all-time homerun king.

I wonder if his desired salary is a little too high. Otherwise, I would think that almost any team could use a guy like Barry at the league minimum. Even if Bonds isn’t used as a full-time DH, he would be the greatest pinch-hitter that the game has ever seen.

What? Did every owner suddenly decide to follow their ethical compass? I wouldn’t bet on it. Owners have been overlooking players’ indiscretions for as long as anyone can remember.

Steve Howe, Doc Gooden, Darryl Stawberry, Jason Giambi, Delmon Young... it’s a list that could seemingly go on forever. Ty Cobb once went in to the stands to beat up a fan that had no hands. Heck, Fidel Castro even got a few looks for his outstanding curve ball. And, you can bet that if Hitler could hit 73 homers in his late 30s, he probably would have been part of baseball’s Murderers Row.

What does this prove?

Well, it may show us that the fallout from the steroid era is finally starting to have some effect. Maybe teams are realizing the importance of distancing themselves from anything roid-related. Maybe they understand that, for the first time since integration, the entire statistical fabric of the game has come in to question.

For the good of the game, I hope that they have realized it. And, collusion or not, I hope that Barry Bonds never gets another job in baseball.

From the Blogosphere...

We all know that Nynasty keeps up with all the news on Yankee prospects. In his latest blog, this member has gathered and condensed the best info on all the young arms.

Celtics win, Red Sox win and the Yankees lose (again). On the other side of the greatest baseball rivalry, Nuf Ced is looking forward to tonights game against the Tigers. Check out his scouting report.

HALOS02 is in Heaven after the Angels started their season with a 12-5 road record. Check out his breakdown of the team's latest success.
Posted on: May 6, 2008 6:11 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2008 6:19 pm

Blog Cabin: Entire NFL under arrest

In the news...

Apparently, “Listening to police” is not one of the lectures given at the NFL’s rookie symposium. Come on, Cedric Benson, what were you thinking? Don’t you watch the news? Don’t you get the NFL police blotter... err... newsletter?

I’ve got to tell you all, I’m getting pretty tired of ripping these guys for acting like idiots, but every time I hear about these things, I just feel appalled that someone who has done so well could jeopardize things by making such idiotic mistakes.

It seems like, at least once a week, some NFL player gets himself in to trouble and then compounds things by resisting arrest.

I know that everyone makes mistakes. I get that. Even police make mistakes. The thing that confounds me is why these guys would decide to battle the law in any place other than a court room.

Next time you’re dealing with police, NFL players, look around yourself. If you see a parking lot, bar stools, a stripper pole or 15 of your friends drinking on a boat, just shut your mouth and do what anyone with a badge tells you to do.

If the officer looks at your driver’s license and doesn’t immediately ask for an autograph, you’ve already lost the battle. You have, unfortunately, drawn someone that doesn’t know who you are, or doesn’t care enough to let you off the hook.

NFL players have lawyers, too... good lawyers. Wait till they take you in, then get that card out of your wallet and make the call, Benson.

Here’s a little saying to help you remember: “Listen to police everyday, or you might taste the pepper spray.”

And make sure you relay that message to Rex Grossman, because if it was him on that boat, they may have used lethal force.

 From the Blogosphere...

Tennis blogger BlueCollarIT is confused by the parities in tennis pay. Why do doubles get paid less? Why do women get paid less in some tournaments, but paid the same in others?

Willie Randolph thinks that Mets fans are mean. Tartans thinks Willie is a wuss, and that the team deserves to hear the fans displeasure. An excerpt: "We’re booing a lack of run support for Johan, who has pitched his a$$ off. We’re booing a bullpen that can’t seem to keep runners from doing jogs around the bases. We’re booing a lineup that has more holes than the Playboy Mansion, with stars that aren’t doing a drop of what they’re paid to. We’re booing the apathetic crybaby attitude that seems to have pervaded this team."

OK, PETA, billdawg12185 wants to see you zip it. This horse racing fan has heard enough of yor "unfounded" and "crazy" accusations.
Posted on: May 5, 2008 6:05 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2008 6:13 pm

Blog Cabin: The sweet science of suckering fans

In the news...

In case anyone missed it, Oscar De La Hoya won a fight this past weekend, taking a 12-round unanimous decision over Steve Forbes.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “What’s a 60-year-old magazine executive and former presidential candidate doing in the ring?” Turns out, it’s not that Steve Forbes... but it might as well have been.

All kidding aside, De La Hoya is washed up, and Forbes isn't exactly a top contender (except on “The Contender”).

The first round was entertaining, but after that the match settled in to the mundane display I expected. It wasn't exciting. There were no fireworks. De La Hoya won all 12 rounds on one judge's scorecard, and 11 out of 12 on the other two.

This is why people have stopped watching boxing matches. Why would anyone want to watch two men dance around a ring for 12-rounds, with no clear-cut winner.

Oh, that’s right... This was a “tune-up” fight for Oscar.

It seems as though this match was tailor-made to set the stage for De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Part II. Yes, people will watch that fight, but will that bout be any better?

Not likely.

Unless there’s some sort of shenanigans (you gotta love boxing), “Money” is going put an end to “The Golden Boy”. I know that many people thought he should have won the decision last time, but for the next fight, the outcome really shouldn’t be much of a question.

De La Hoya has a mediocre 7-5 record over the last eight years, while Floyd is, of course, undefeated. We will watch, though, and we’ll curse ourselves as we make that pay-per-view purchase.

People love Oscar, and people want to see someone put an end to the arrogance of Mayweather. With all the drama between the two fighters and the controversy after their first match, millions will tune in to watch, again.

And then we’ll see exactly what we expect to see, again. And then we’ll be upset that we paid for it, again. And then we’ll have to sit around drinking beer, feeling sorry for ourselves because we got fooled in to buying a fight that we knew wouldn’t live up to the hype... again.

Resistance is already a lost cause, though. Boxing is the sweet science of suckering people, and we’re dealing with two of the best.

From the Blogosphere...

Teixierafan_23 thinks that baseball has gotten better of late. If that weren't strange enough, he also thinks that Bud Selig has done a great job. I know... I can't believe it either.

Did you ever wonder why some members have such an eclectic mix of teams as their favorites? How can one person be a fan of the Chargers, Red Sox, Rangers and Hawks? One of these fans, JEagle87, attempts to explain the method to his madness.

Dormanium targets the hot-button issue of the day, the tragic death of Eight Belles at the Kentucky Derby. His take: PETA needs to cut it out.

As always, edwardsfan99 brings us this weeks NASCAR power rankings.
Posted on: May 2, 2008 5:53 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2008 5:58 pm

Blog Cabin: Canseco takes out ad for roommate

In the news...

After a foreclosure, Jose Canseco is walking away from his $2.5 million home in California.

Canseco said that his worth has been overestimated. After taxes, Canseco said, he was “only left with about $17 or $18 million, not even.” The former MVP also said that he’s been taking care of his whole family, and that he’s had a pair of expensive divorces, which have contributed to his financial plight.

Man, I guess those steroid books didn’t do quite as well as we all thought.

Don’t worry, Jose, I’ve already drafted your ad for the newspaper. I can’t say that it’s a ringing endorsement, but if you’re lucky, maybe Mike Tyson or Dennis Rodman will have a spare room available.

ROOMATE NEEDED - Former MLB star wants to move in to Encino area house or apartment. Would host frequent parties. Still somehow capable of pulling very hot women... and then sometimes beating them.

- Have not held steady job since 2001. Alimony payments, legal fees and large family mean flexible rent dates a priority.

- Sordid past and ruining of national pastime make security a must. Home must be discrete, and have good locks and shatter-proof windows.

- Sterile area/roommate with medical experience a plus. Please call if you are able to perform injections, or if you have dermatological experience making you qualified to deal with frequent back-acne outbreaks.

- Please have dimensions of bathroom medicine cabinet handy before calling.

From the Blogosphere...

Milwaukee fan ballinglove1 is questioning the Brewers decision to replace Yovani Gallardo in the rotation. This member thinks that keeping the young pitcher would be the smartest choice, since the pitching staff could struggle greatly if someone went down with an injury.

Yankeechick has some relationship advice for men... or maybe she needs some advice about them, I'm not quite sure which. In any case, maybe this blog will finally unravel the mysteries of gender.

Snowed-in in South Dakota, cheezhead415 wants to know what's going on with Brett Favre. I can't help wondering myself? What's with the awards and video game covers?
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